Composite breast augmentation surgery, also known as hybrid breast augmentation, is a significant advance in the traditional breast augmentation procedure as it combines the use of both breast implants and fat transfer. This surgical technique is used to increase breast size and improve the overall shape and symmetry of breasts.
In this guide, we will answer the question what is composite breast augmentation, including all the information you need to know about the procedure and recovery time, as well as the benefits and potential risks associated with the surgery.
Our breast reconstruction specialist at the CREO Clinic, Dr. Omar Tillo, is renowned for his signature composite breast augmentation and body contouring procedures. Contact the CREO Clinic today to book a consultation with Dr. Tillo and design your own bespoke treatment plan to enhance your breasts.
Who is a Good Candidate for Composite Breast Augmentation?
You will be considered a suitable candidate for composite breast augmentation if you:
- Are in good physical and mental health
- Have adequate fat reserves to harvest
- Wish to increase the size of your breasts or restore symmetry
- Desire more natural-looking breasts
- Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve
It is also worth noting that patients should be able to refrain from smoking at least four weeks before and after surgery to reduce the risk of complications.
Why Do People Choose Composite Breast Augmentation Over Implants or Fat Transfer Alone?
For women who lack enough body fat to provide the maximum enhancement from a fat grafting transfer or adequate breast tissue to conceal the implants, a composite breast augmentation procedure can be the best solution, providing substantial volume and natural looking results.
By combining breast implants with fat transfer to the breasts, a wide array of benefits can be achieved. Breast fat transfer can accurately augment soft tissue surrounding the implant, providing expert coverage. This is particularly useful in petite women who desire both an improvement in upper pole fullness and an enhancement in the appearance of their breasts.
Another significant benefit of hybrid breast augmentation is that breast implants can be inserted over the muscle (rather than under the muscle) in patients who are thin and have thin breast tissue. Pre-pectoral insertion provides a number of benefits including reduced pain and a faster recovery process.
Composite breast augmentation surgery also creates breasts that feel natural to the touch, thanks to the transferred fat. Furthermore, the procedure allows surgeons to create a natural teardrop appearance (even with round implants), by using fat transfer to sculpt and form a desirable breast shape.
How is a Hybrid or Composite Breast Augmentation Performed?
To perform composite breast augmentation, the surgeon starts by making an incision, typically under the crease below the breast. Following this, the breast implants are then inserted and positioned above the pectoral muscle.
After performing liposuction on the donor areas (typically the thighs, abdomen and back), the surgeon will inject the harvested fat over the implant and under the breast skin via a small 3 mm incision. Depending on the availability of fat, the surgeon may choose to inject fat over the entire breast, which will produce the most natural-looking result.
What is the Recovery Time Like?
Following surgery, you can return to light activities such as walking and stretching within a week. In terms of returning to work and driving, it is advisable to wait 2-3 weeks post-surgery for the soreness, swelling and tightness to dissipate.
Most patients are able to resume their normal daily routine, including full physical exercise and heavy lifting six weeks after the procedure. You will receive a detailed aftercare plan to minimise discomfort and preserve your results.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
As is the case with any cosmetic procedure, undergoing composite breast augmentation can carry a certain degree of risk that patients need to be aware of. Below, we outline some of the more prevalent risks that patients can face from the procedure.
- Capsular contracture – Although implants are permanent, most women have them either replaced or removed in 10-15 years due to a hardening of scar tissue around the implant known as capsular contracture.
- Changes in breast and nipple sensation – when undergoing composite or traditional breast augmentation, a change in breast and nipple sensation is a potential side effect.
- Harvesting fat – the risks of liposuction include skin laxity and sagging, as well as surface irregularities.
How Much Will a Composite Breast Augmentation Procedure Cost?
In general, the cost of composite breast augmentation at the CREO Clinic starts from £10,900. However, the exact cost of your surgery will depend on the number of liposuction treatments and the surgical complexity of the procedure. You will be provided with an exact quote for your treatment after an initial consultation with Dr Tillo.
Learn More at CREO Clinic
For further information on composite breast augmentation at the CREO Clinic, contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with Dr Tillo. As one of the few surgeons in the UK who is an expert in composite breast augmentation, he will be able to discuss your individual requirements and desired aesthetic.